On the course: Calling for a recount
September 23, 2009
ASPEN – Controversy seems to follow our illustrious Mayor Mick around – even on the golf course – a place you would never expect to see him.
But there he was late last week practicing days before Sunday’s Mayor’s Cup, possibly the oldest organized sporting event in town and a favorite golf tournament of longtime locals at the Aspen Golf Club.
Die-hards endured the worst of conditions on Sunday – wind, cold temperatures and rain. I was on a team with four men, some of whom were über-competitive, and I could see that no matter how bad the weather got, I was going to have to play through.
Luckily, on the 12th hole of play my teammates agreed that the rain coming down sideways was enough for us to retreat to the clubhouse. It was then that the tournament was called and the clubhouse pros informed us that they would tally the scores based on the 12 holes each team played.
The problem, however, was that we all played different holes so the scoring wasn’t exactly comparing apples to apples since some of us played more challenging and longer links than others.
The pros said they took that into account. But who really knows for sure? We didn’t oversee the tabulation, and I for one may have to call for an independent audit, a release of all scorecards and a recount.
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Hell, if some residents are asking for an audit over May’s election, I don’t see why the mayor can’t just add this one to the growing list of demands he is facing during his second term.
I also find it suspect that city attorneys John Worcester and Jim True were right by the mayor’s side during the tallying. They probably had a hand in the Mayor’s Cup results too, just as they did in Aspen’s first Instant Runoff election.
Our team placed fifth – only two back from the first-place team, of which a city employee was on. Hmmm …
And since I’m at it, I blame Mayor Mick for the crappy weather. When are you going to get it right? Please keep the black clouds that loom over City Hall in town and off the course.
See ya on the course next year, Mick, when hopefully it’s happier times and sunnier skies.